Theuse of technology in running modern businesses is inevitable. Allbusinesses, small and large ones, have some inventories that need tobe managed effectively. The application of the point of sale systemenhances efficiency and an increase in sales by 53 % (Dion, 2013).
Descriptionof the POS System
POSis a system that involves the application of software and hardware atthe point of sale to facilitate effective management of inventory.The system is placed and operated at the point where transactionsoccur (Laar, Konjaang & Tankia, 2015).
Componentsof the POS System
Acomplete POS system is comprised of hardware and software as itsmajor components. The hardware components include the computer andaccessories, such as the cash drawer and bar code reader among others(Laar, Konjaang & Tankia, 2015).
Componentsof the POS System (Cont)
Themain role of the software in the POS system is to facilitate aninteraction between the computer and the user. The operating systemis the basic software for the POS system. POS software should also beinstalled and linked to any other program that is required foreffective management of inventory (Laar, Konjaang & Tankia,2015).
TheLightspeed Company developed an effective program to help its clientsmanage inventory. The program is server-based and it is exclusivelyused in Mac and iOS. Currently, the program is applied in 30countries and 18,000 stores in the world (Software Advice, Inc.,2016). The price depends on whether the client needs additionalservices, such as the installation, customization, maintenance, andtraining.
Reasonsfor Choosing the POS System
Thefact that all organizations have inventory that needs to be managedjustifies the significance of studying the POS system. The POS systemincreases efficiency and facilitated automatic management of over 80% of the transactions that involve inventories (Dion, 2013).
Effectsof the System on Business Functions
Theimplementation of the POS system will benefit the organization inseveral ways. The firm will increase efficiency and reduce the costof managing inventory. In addition, the organization will be able tomaintain the record of sales history for future reference and enhancethe level of security of the business data (Laar, Konjaang &Tankia, 2015).
Acomplete POS system is supported by hardware and software. However,its functionality is mainly defined by the quality of the softwarebeing used. An effective POS should help the organization increaseefficiency as well as effectiveness in the management of transactionsat the point of sale.
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Laar,D., Konjaang, J. & Tankia, B. (2015). Designing and developmentof a sales management system for SMEs in Northern Ghana.InternationalJournal of Innovative Research in Advanced Engineering,5 (2), 66-76.
SoftwareAdvice, Inc. (2016). Lightspeed retail software. Lightspeed.Retrieved September 5, 2016, fromhttp://www.softwareadvice.com/retail/lightspeed-profile/